My brand new website and home, http://www.freckleshop.com has just launched!
This is my new REVAMPED, smartphone-friendly, easy to navigate portfolio site which includes personal work, animation and paintings as well as past illustration assignments and game art.
I am planning to phase out http://www.happypix.com over the next few years…but for now, check out my new home!
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I’m very proud of my latest custom portrait. It features an amphibian riding couple and their dogs in period clothing. This one is set in the backdrop of the wondrous thermal features of Yellowstone National Park!
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C’mon Down! SAT and SUN April 5 and 6 to the Art Explosion to hang out and view my newest paintings. I’ll be featuring my tiny paintings of pies, cakes and other desserts, as well as new paintings of 1960s housewives and businessmen operating household appliances, taking antacids, roasting ham and more..!
Previews of new work featured below!
Art Explosion open studios poster
Woo hoo! I just completed another custom portrait for some friends who wanted their family to be represented as Totem poles in the Alaskan Wilderness.
This past weekend, I participated in Art Explosion‘s fall Open Studio. I’m fortunate to be able to rent a wonderfully cozy space with some friendly folks in a great little art community within walking distance of my house. This is where I escape to make paintings when I’m taking a break from commercial work. For those of you in SF who may have missed it, there will be another Open Studio happening again October 1-2 and a holiday sale sometime in December. (Date TBD)
I plan to be at the December sale and will host a kid-friendly, hands-on activity in my space. Stay tuned!
I have a love/hate relationship with animation. When I was in art school, it ended up being my major simply because I found it to be so magical. In the pre-computer days we experimented with xerography, drawing on filmstrips, paper cutout animation, painting under the camera, claymation painted flipbooks, optical printing and so much more. I felt the possibilities were endless in what I could do and how I could make things move. I was inspired by artists like Kathy Rose,
Still from Suzan Pitt's "Asparagus"
who combines dance and animation, Joanna Priestly, who works with abstract shapes and mixed media and Suzan Pitt, whose work is surreal, painterly and haunting. Most of the type of animation that I love seems to have an experimental, fluid quality, because that is closer to the type of animation I like to do.
When it comes to traditional character animation (walk cycles, exaggerated physical movement, cartoon characters, cel painting, etc) I admit that I am generally at a loss. Until recently, I had trouble appreciating anything falling into that category because I did not really consider it to be ART!
I now realize that had I mastered some traditional skills, like the walk cycle, (I mean REALLY mastered it), perhaps I’d be better able to get more animation work. That said, I am currently working on animating a fire breathing dragon that I created as part of my daughter’s school film festival opening credits. I am excited to be making the dragon snort, breathe fire, flap his wings and fly. Please, just don’t ask me to make him walk.
Here’s a preview. When you click on the dragon, you can see the animated version in a separate window. It’s still in progress.
I just came back from an amazing travel adventure with my niece Jessica, who is currently living in Kyoto, Japan as a research student.
We spent some time in Kyoto, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Takamatsu and Naoshima Island. It was a whirlwind trip, but we managed to have a few good soaks at the bathhouses, eat amazing (and beautiful) food, bike, see some cool local art and have a lot of laughs.
Here are a few drawings from my too-short trip:
Green Tea Latte